Strength Today

Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

[Matt 6:8]

But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

[Matt 6:33]

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Thy kingdom come, with power and grace,
To every heart of man;
Thy peace, and joy, and righteousness
In all our bosoms reign.

~ C. WESLEY ~

God bids us, then, by past mercies, by present grace, by fears of coming ill, by hopes in His goodness, earnestly, with our whole hearts, seek Him and His righteousness, and all these things, all ye need for soul and body, peace, comfort, joy, the overflowing of His consolations, shall be added over and above to you.

~ E. B. PUSEY ~

Grant us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, always to seek Thy kingdom and righteousness, and of whatsoever Thou seest us to stand in need, mercifully grant us an abundant portion. Amen.

Be content to be a child, and let the Father proportion out daily to thee what light, what power, what exercises, what straits, what fears, what troubles He sees fit for thee.

~ I. PENINGTON ~

Strength Today

Every day I will praise you! I will praise your name continually!

[Ps 145:2]

Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

[Prov 16:3]

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Lord, I my vows to Thee renew;
Disperse my sins as morning dew;
Guard my first springs of thought and will,
And with Thyself my spirit fill.

~ THOMAS KEN ~

Morning by morning think, for a few moments, of the chief employments of the day, any one thing of greater moment than others, thine own especial trial, any occasions of it which are likely to come that day, and by one short strong act commend thyself beforehand in all to God; offer all thy thoughts, words, and deeds to Him—to be governed, guided, accepted by Him. Choose some great occasions of the day, such as bring with them most trial to thee, on which, above others, to commend thyself to God.

~ E. B. PUSEY ~

Will you not, before venturing away from your early quiet hour, “commit thy works” to Him definitely, the special things you have to do to-day, and the unforeseen work which He may add in the course of it?

~ F. R. HAVERGAL ~

Eternal Perspectives

The body is the matter of the soul, and the soul is the form of the body . . . not a dispensable extra. The soul carries its body with it. When death separates the two, we have a freak, a monster, an obscenity. That is why we are terrified of ghosts and corpses, though both are harmless: they are the obscenely separated aspects of what belongs together as one. That is why Jesus wept at Lazarus’ grave: not merely for His bereavement but for this cosmic obscenity (John 11:33-35). A soul without its body is not liberated. . . . It is empty.

 

~ Peter Kreeft ~

[Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven]

Evening Devotional

NESTLING NEARER TO THE HEART OF GOD

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

[2 Peter 3:18]

Making marks on a door frame is one way to measure the physical growth of a child. But how do you measure the spiritual growth of a child of God?

 

Maturity in the faith cannot be tallied in inches or pounds. Instead, growth in the Christian life takes place in the inner person—”in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

 

Alexander Maclaren provides several “yardsticks” for Christian growth.

WALK WITH ALEXANDER MACLAREN

“If you are a Christian, you ought to be realizing continually a deeper consciousness of Christ’s love and favor as yours. You ought to be nestling every day nearer to his heart, and getting more and more sure of his mercy and love for you.

 

“And you ought not only to be realizing the fact of his love with increasing certitude, but you ought to be drinking in the consequences of that love and every day deriving more and more of the spiritual gifts of which his hands are full. In him is an inexhaustible store of abundance for each of us.

 

“There is nothing mystical or removed from the experience of daily life in this exhortation: ‘Grow in … grace.’ It is not growth in some strange experience, but a very plain, practical thing—a daily transformation, with growing completeness, into the likeness of Jesus Christ.”

WALK CLOSER TO GOD

A young boy looks in the mirror and knows he is growing up. He is growing taller, stronger, wiser. He is developing a striking family resemblance to the one who calls him “son.”

 

As Jesus grew up, he “grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).

 

There are four essential areas of growth: mental, physical, spiritual and social. Every day as you look intently into the mirror of God’s Word, ask yourself what you can do to promote healthy growth in each of those areas of your life.

Strength Today

How blessed is the one whom you instruct, O Lord, the one whom you teach from your law,

[Ps 94:12]

And I cried out, “We are doomed! Our wound is severe! We once thought, ‘This is only an illness. And we will be able to bear it!’

[Jer 10:19]

Hold in thy murmurs, heaven arraigning!

The patient see God’s loving face;

Who bear their burdens uncomplaining,

’Tis they that win the Father’s grace.

[ANON]

Do not run to this and that for comfort when you are in trouble, but bear it. Be uncomfortably quiet—be uneasily silent—be patiently unhappy.

~J.P. GREAVES ~

Hard words will vex, unkindness will pierce; neglect will wound; threatened evils will make the soul quiver; sharp pain or weariness will rack the body, or make it restless. But what says the Psalmist? “When my heart is vexed, I will complain.” To whom? Not of God, but to God.

~ E.B. PUSEY ~

Surely, I have thought, I do not want to have a grief which would not be a grief. I feel that I shall be able to take up my cross in a religious spirit soon, and then it will be all right.

~ JAMES HINTON ~